Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Juicing Up a Storm and Kids in the Kitchen

My Breakfast

My breakfast today was inspired by the book Raw Energy. I just love reading through my raw and living food recipe books, it is one of my favorite things to do when I have time to myself.
A Great Book
I had two hours to myself yesterday as I waited for our daughter to complete her Drama Class. I sat out in the fresh air and flipped through two of my raw recipe books daydreaming about all of the meals and snacks I wanted to create.
Since I decided to add even more fresh juices into my diet this year I just had to try one this morning from the book mentioned above. It was inspired by Stephanie's "Post-Workout Replenisher" recipe on pg. 131. Her recipe calls for apples, carrots and celery. I chose to throw in a large handful of organic flat leaf parsley. It doesn't make a pretty juice but boy is it delicious.
Would You Drink This?

The orange of the carrots and the green from the parsley created an ugly brown color. Drink this one slowly, it has quite a bit of parsley and I have read that too much parsley too fast can make some people lightheaded. I actually guzzled it right down, it was so good, and I felt great. I wanted to add the parsley to benefit from its large amount of chlorophyll which aids in the cellular uptake of oxygen. In her book, Stephanie warns against consuming more than 4 to 6 ounces a day of pure parsley juice. Parsley has natural kidney-cleansing properties and can be a potent diuretic. I only use the amount seen in the pic above when I juice with parsley. I have more of a problem when I add too much beet juice to my fresh juices. I have to be very careful with beets, using only a very small slice.

When dinner time rolled around, two of the kids wanted to help Mommy make the salad. I kept it basic so they could get right in and help. We made a fresh salad with organic romaine, red bell pepper, grape tomatoes, and Mom's fresh broccoli sprouts. Here are my little raw chefs in action:

In Go the Broccoli Srouts

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for little helping hands in the kitchen! I love you guys. XOXOXO


amy said...

This is adorable!! Your little raw chefs have talent! I'm glad I found your blog, and hey, you learn something new everyday. I NEVER knew that parsley had to be within a certain amount...I usually pack it in when making smoothies.

Have a good week! Love your blog!

Amy :)

kelli said...

so cute! i loved helping my mom in the kitchen, especially with salads. that's where i started my training.=)

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